How much would it have mattered? Who really knows?
To start the second half, Peyton Manning was sacked for a seven yard loss, he threw to Knowshon Moreno for a gain of 8 yards on 2nd down. Then, on 3rd and 9, Manning and the Broncos moved the chains on a 10 completion to Wes Welker. Only one thing: the ball bounced off the ground.
I saw it. You saw it. The whole darn world saw it. It wasn’t a completion.
But Manning, being the sly dog that he is, came up to the offensive line in a no huddle and quickly ran a passing play eliminating John Harbaugh’s chance of challenging the ruling on the field. Two plays later, the Broncos tacked on six points with a 28 yard TD pass to Andre Caldwell and took their first (and final) lead of the game.
“That’s something we got to see [after the game],” Harbaugh said after the game according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “It’d be nice if NBC would show that and get a chance to look at it. We never saw that.”
I’m not sure how they didn’t. Viewers at home saw a couple different angles before Manning shouted some random cities, pointed at a linebacker and ran the Broncos’ next play. You’ve got to think that the Ravens at least have access to what we’re seeing on TV, right?
Apparently not. Denver would score 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and the Ravens would lose their first season opener under Harbaugh and Joe Flacco, 49-27.